Why We Love the New Ferries in NYC



In recent years, there’s been a renaissance of boat transportation in New York, connecting neighborhoods on both sides of the East River.

August sees the much-anticipated expansion of two brand new ferry lines gliding their way through the New York City’s east river. The Soundview Route (from August 15) will be connecting New Yorkers from the Bronx and Upper East Side to Lower Manhattan, while the Lower East Side Route (August 29) will bridge communities in Midtown, FiDi and Long Island City. Here’s why we love taking these ferries.

Heading to the Bronx

Image by @nyc_ferry via Instagram.

The Soundview Route will become the first ferry service for the Bronx, providing residents easier access to jobs and events downtown. But it also gives downtowners new opportunities to explore the rich culture of the Bronx community. The Bronx Zoo, Botanical Gardens, The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, in addition to some of the best Italian restaurants in the city (hint: Antonio’s Trattoria and Zero Otto Nove), the Bronx is now even easier to discover.

Heading to Long Island City

Image by @longislandcity via Instagram.

The Lower East Side Route splashes on towards Long Island City in Queens, home to some of the city’s most prized treasures including MoMA PS1. Known as one of the largest and oldest contemporary art institutions in the United States, the site is continually home to some of the best and quirkiest events in the city.

But if art isn’t really your thing, Queens’ largest neighborhood is also home to a number of great waterfront bars, restaurants coffee shops and an idyllic view of Manhattan’s skyline.  


It’s easy to get lost in the whirlpool of events in New York City, but the launch of the new ferry routes has served as a gentle reminder about some of the fantastic events offered by NYC Ferries.

On September 1st the Brooklyn Historical Society in Dumbo opens its doors to Waterfront, a long-term multi-platform exhibition that highlights the rich history of Brooklyn’s eccentric waterline.

See the show by taking the South Brooklyn or East River routes to DUMBO/Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1. See here for more information.

For a full list of NYC Ferry Service registered events, click here.

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